Once an enemy, now a child of the King. Once outside, now inside. Once a dead dog, now “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means that we live beyond the Passover. Our union with Christ’s cross has destroyed our sins once for all. And our union with Christ’s resurrection has placed us into God himself. Not an appeased God who moves on. A pleased God who moves in.
“To live is Christ” is to enter the ark of Christ’s life. To leave behind the despair of our wicked hearts and embrace his rest. To cling to the righteousness of the one man, Jesus. The man who has received God’s favor. To let his resurrection power transform suffering and death into a beginning rather than an end.
“To live is Christ” means that God’s peace dwells in our hearts because, through our union with Christ, God is as pleased with us as he is with his Son.
The virgin Mary didn’t make Jesus’ life. Jesus was a gift to her. His life was given by God and placed into her life. United to hers. By grace. The same grace that is for us all. Why? Because advents are for everyone. God is for everyone. Jesus is for everyone. Will you be for him?
“To live is Christ” means Jesus has washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.